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If your child is away at camp, you’ll both have anywhere from a few days to several weeks without each other. While this may be a welcome break for you, and your kid will be living it up over the summertime break from school, you’ll still want to communicate. Notes to kids at camp are a good way to keep in touch. Write your child a funny letter that makes him laugh in his bunk or cheers him up if he’s feeling homesick.
Share Laughable Moments From Home
While your kids may be missing the normal, daily activities of home, like having breakfast with the family in the morning or watching movies with their siblings on Friday night, spice up your letter with more interesting anecdotes. You don’t want to make your kid homesick by recapping everything they’re missing, but you can pinpoint some very funny moments that happened while they were away. Your entire letter can be a creative, humorous recap of one particular moment.
Try this funny letter writing strategy from a different perspective. Instead of writing the letter as yourself, pretend like a family pet, baby sister or stuffed animal wrote it. Tell the funny family story from that person's or thing's perspective for an extra dose of humor.
Create a Mad Libs Letter
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Create a Mad Libs-type letter for your child. You can write about the most mundane event and spice it up with funny inserted words. You, your spouse or one of your other kids can draft the letter, leaving out plenty of nouns, verbs and adjectives. Then play Mad Libs with each other to fill in the blanks. Send it along to your kid at camp; she'll have an achy stomach from laughing so hard.
Find Inspiration From Famous Writers
If you’re having a difficult time coming up with something novel and funny to write about, utilize the words of other writers. Look up funny song lyrics, a humorous poem or quote, or a joke that your kid will enjoy, and include it in the letter. You can even list a few jokes that your camper can impress his bunk mates with. You can also pick out a funny greeting card and write a quick message inside to brighten up your child’s day.
Tips for Writing to Your Camper
Don’t write too many letters -- you’ll run out of things to say. Make sure your letters are positive, and try not to mention things that are going on back home that your child would be involved in if she wasn't at camp, like community sports games or neighborhood birthday parties. Also, not every letter has to be long and drawn out. You can jot down a quick note on the back of a postcard and send it off, too.
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As a full-time writer in New York's Hudson Valley, Lindsay Pietroluongo's nightlife column and photos have appeared regularly in the "Poughkeepsie Journal" since 2007. Additional publications include "Chronogram," the "New Paltz Sojourn," "About Town" newspaper and "Outsider" magazine. Pietroluongo graduated from Marist College with a B.A. in English.
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